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What Are We Made Of?
Grade Level: 6-8
Lesson Time: 30-60 Minutes
Body: Our Solar System, Sun, Earth
Mission: Genesis (Our Solar System)

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Short Description: Students learn that elements are the basic building blocks of all things found on Earth and in space including water, the human body, the Earth, the sun, and the planets. By counting elements extracted from a simulated sample, students explore how the extraction of atoms from the Genesis samples help scientists have a better understanding of the abundances of elements from the solar wind. This hands-on experience helps students discover that the elemental abundances from the sun can be used as a baseline to compare with the diverse bodies of our solar system.

Why We Chose This Lesson
This lesson was chosen for its quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards.

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe

Read more: NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

Practices:

  • 2-Developing and using models
  • 4-Analyzing and interpreting data
  • 6-Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)

Read more: Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 3-Scale, proportion and quantity
  • 4-Systems and system models

Read more: NGSS Crosscutting Concepts

Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


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Last Updated: 26 Aug 2014